Those who enter the accounting profession are especially fortunate because there is a well-defined traditional path. The author followed a very different path, and she continues to explore. She turned to the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Studying for the CMA exam provided unexpected benefits. As the new CFO of IMA, she feels that everything she has done along her journey has brought her to this place where she has responsibility for strategic planning, information technology, and finance. The important role the association has had in her own career inspires her to do her best.
IMAlife My Convoluted Career Path By Doreen Remmen, CMA H ow I envy young people who know exactly what they want to do with their lives! Those who enter the accounting done very differently. Armed with my CMA certificate, I found the job that was meant for me at a privately profession are especially fortunate because owned distribution company in the midst of there is a well-defined traditional path. I a business turnaround. I turned to IMA for followed a very different path, and I contin- literature on best practices that helped me ue to explore. streamline the finance department. When I After working for several years and was asked to implement ethics training, obtaining a liberal arts degree, I finally IMA provided resources. Challenged to Doreen Remmen, CMA, decided to study accounting while moving improve profitability by customer, I went to is CFO of the Institute all over the U.S. and Canada as half of a an IMA seminar on activity-based costing. of Management two-career marriage. A decade later, with a Needing to understand problems with the Accountants (IMA®). well-rounded accounting education from flow of materials, I emerged from IMA You can reach her at five different universities, public accounting headquarters in Montvale with an armload firstname.lastname@example.org. experience, and several years of controller- of books on the theory of constraints. ship, I found myself searching for a new I designed and implemented a company- pos
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